Players on Cennarium

Four episodes of Live from Gramercy Park, featuring the first shows ever filmed at New York City private club The Players (founded in 1888 by legendary actor Edwin Booth), have debuted on Cennarium, a performance arts subscription streaming service.

Cennarium, which launched in the US last September, provides content grouped under six genres — comedy, concert, dance, drama. musical, opera — from the US, Brazil, England, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Argentina.

Other performances currently featured on Cennarium, which costs $9.97/month or $95.64/year, include C(h)oeurs (right), an operatic musical by Alain Platel, filmed at the Teatro Real in Madrid; A Happy End, an “off off Broadway” play about a Jewish family living in Berlin in the early 1930s, filmed at New York’s  Abingdon Theatre Complex; and Giuseppi Verdi’s opera Falstafffilmed at Germany’s Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern.

Live from Gramercy Park, perhaps befitting its storied setting, tends more towards the cabaret or variety type of performance. The first four episodes, for example, feature such acts as storytelling musician Sxip Shirey; Karine Plantadit, who dances to poetry; and brother-sister team Emma and The Hungry Truth, who “perform songs with primal rhythm, heartbreaking lyrics and epic harmonies, coupled with an offering of perverse humor.”

Another six episodes of Live from Gramercy Park are promised “during the next couple of months.” Host is Lance Horne, a Daytime Emmy-winning (original song for One Life to Live, 2008) composer and performer. Here he explains the series:

For more info on Cennarium, or to subscribe, visit www.cennarium.com.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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